- ISBN 9780306812835 / 0306812835
- Title Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down
- Author J.E. Gordon
- Category Popular Science
- Format Paperback
- Year 2003
- Pages 424
- Publisher Da Capo Press
- Imprint Da Capo Press Inc
- Edition 2nd
- Language English
- Dimensions 152mm x 25mm x 230mm
“Rich and readable...personal, witty and ironic.” —“Scientific American”
For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.
J. E. Gordon, a professor at the University of Reading, is renowned for his research in plastics, crystals, and new materials.